We have six members who left today for the Grand Lodge’s Leadership Matters training in Nashville, TN. This is some of the best training for FOP leaders there is and we are grateful to be able to send some of our active members. The ones attending are Jean Vanlandingham, Tim Stendel, Quentin Houck, Thom Bell, Dave Crow, and Bryan Bryden. The training they receive will improve our Lodge and help us to better serve our membership.
Super Bowl Party Cancellation
It was a very tough decision to cancel our Super Bowl party this past weekend. As the roads and conditioned worsened, we felt it was better to be safe than sorry. Mark your calendars for the St. Patrick’s Day Party scheduled for March 15, 2014.
FOP Health Trust
Everyone should have received their new Envision Imaging cards in the mail recently. They are red and are meant to remind members that any imaging that is needed by you or your family members should be done at Envision. If you go there for MRIs, X-Rays, etc., there will be no cost to you whatsoever. It is up to you and your family to tell your physician when imaging is needed that you will go to Envision. It is your right to get it done where you choose. Many doctors will “steer” you to their imaging partner but again, it’s your choice. Go to Envision. Not only will it save you hundreds of dollars, it will save our Health Trust and therefore keep our premiums down in the future.
2014 FOP Budget
There are copies of the proposed budget for 2014 by the sign-in sheet. Please take time to review it and have questions and comments ready for next Lodge meeting. The Floor will vote on its approval then. We ask that you do not distribute copies and only use for you and other members to review.
Councilor Roscoe Turner’s Funeral
I attended the funeral service for former Tulsa City Councilor Roscoe Turner. He died unexpectedly of a heart attack a couple of weeks ago. He was a true public servant and represented his constituents with great passion. He was also a good friend of city workers and the FOP. He always was willing to meet with us and listen to our point of view. He often spoke publicly in support of our issues and was not afraid to stand up to the powers that be. He will be greatly missed.
Meetings with Candidates
We have been meeting with candidates for office that have requested a meeting lately. We’ve met with Steve Kuntzweiler and Rep. Fred Jordan who are running for Tulsa District Attorney. We also met with Doug Drummond who is running for district judge. I think it speaks well of our reputation and endorsement process. It will be a very busy year with all nine Tulsa City Councilors up for re-election as well as many state and local races. Jessica will be detailing our plan along with our new PAC Chairman Brother Lindsey for vetting the candidates for political offices in the upcoming political season.
Law Enforcement Torch Run Kickoff and Sponsorship
Several of our members attended the 2014 kickoff luncheon for the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Oklahoma Special Olympics last week in Midwest City. There were many thanks for our sponsorship and a huge banner was the centerpiece of the day with our logo front and center. On Monday, we presented the check to the President and CEO of Special Olympics Oklahoma, Adrian Dewendt and sent out a press release about it. Channel 8 did a story on it Tuesday.
We discussed issues with dispatch now that 911 is under the police department. Chief Jordan asked that officers and supervisors send any problems with details such as date, time, call type, location, TRACIS number, and of course the details of the issue to him through either the FOP leadership or your chain of command. For example, dispatch not knowing where officers are or which call they’re on, officers being assigned a call when they were already on a call, etc. Since the move to the new CADS, many officers have noticed increased issues such as those mentioned above. Feel free to email the details to me and I’ll forward them.
We asked about the reasons behind the mayor’s office requesting details for the last two years of union business time, union related meetings, conferences, etc. as well as Honor Guard time. The Chief said the mayor was just trying to find ways to save money. That was the extent of that discussion.
We discussed civil subpoenas and the need for a policy addressing how officers should handle them and if court overtime should be paid for them. Our position is that any subpoena generated from work an officer did on duty fits into the “court overtime” category and the 3-hour minimum. It was also discussed when officers may charge a third party for time spent off-duty on civil cases. Management stated they would discuss it further and we would revisit it later. We hope there will be policy language in the near future clearing the issue up completely.
St. Patrick’s Day Party
Mark your calendars now for our annual St. Patrick’s Day party scheduled for March 15th at the Lodge. Last year’s was a blast and this year’s should be even better. Irish food, drink, and music will be served.
Clay Ballenger, President